The recent hot weather* has prompted thoughts of the long summer break.
With a week to go, it is not too soon to be thinking about your #summerreading and here are some thoughts to help.
Our first suggestions come from Mr Cleary. Andrew Rawnsley is the author of both The End of the Party : the rise and fall of New Labour and Servants of the People : the inside story of New Labour. Given recent comment on the style of our current Prime Minister, it is interesting to read of Tony Blair that:
“He was the most accomplished communicator of his era, a talent not to be dismissed in the age of 24/7 media where a leader is constantly on show. At times of national drama or international crisis, he displayed a high facility for capturing public sentiment and weaving it into the political narrative.”
The End of the Party : the rise and fall of New Labour
Stepping away from politics and into the realm of magical reality we suggest Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. This is a beautiful story featuring characters one can empathize with, just the right amount of magic, some funny bits and a Dog That Sleeps in the Lane:
“…Finn turned down the lane to Petey’s house, expecting to see the Dog That Sleeps in the Lane, but it seemed that the Dog also had other business, because the lane was empty.”
Also recommended is The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. This historical novel has appeared on a number of book prize lists and won at the Nibbies (British Book Awards) this year.
“In a Circle Line carriage, westbound, fitful lights showed The Times had nothing happy to report, and in the aisle a bag spilled damaged fruit. There was the scent of rain on raincoats, and among the passengers, sunk in his upturned collar, Dr Luke Garrett was reciting the parts of the human heart.”
The Essex Serpent
Mr Fletcher offers this:
My recommendation for a great summer read is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s the story of Theo who, aged thirteen, loses his mother in an explosion in an art gallery in New York. As he escapes from the smoke and confusion he impulsively steals a painting, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. He keeps the stolen painting secret whilst growing up but gradually as he gets older the theft sees him drawn into a series of encounters with the criminal underworld. This is a lengthy novel but is gripping from the start and is great to read whilst sitting on a beach or by a pool on a long summer’s day.
Here’s the Trinity Schools Book Award shortlist for 2018 video for more ideas:
*Obvs the warm weather has not lasted but you can read come rain or shine.
Lent has been a busy time here in the Wodehouse Library.
Year 11s spent two of their wellbeing lessons with us learning about plagiarism avoidance using the study skills books and the Encyclopedia Britannica online resource.
Year 9 boys also visited the library for two lessons to work on their history projects. During these lessons boys used Ormiston (the Dulwich College Register) and the Dulwich College War Record, Ancestry.com and other online resources to research an OA who was killed during World War 1.
This year’s Free Learning Day for year 10 saw the Library and Archives team up to deliver 5 sessions exploring Christopher Marlowe’s connections to Dulwich College, conspiracy theories, fake news and fact-checking.
As part of the Trinity Schools Group, Dulwich College hosted the TSBA ceremony which saw author Stewart Foster win with his novel Bubble Boy.
We’ve maintained the usual displays of fiction and non-fiction in and around the library, added new stock and been glad of the continued help of prefects and pupil librarians with on-going weeding and tidying projects. We’re looking forward to seeing both boys and staff over the next few days choosing holiday reading!
Have a great Easter break, everyone, and see you in the Summer Term.
This week we’ve been telling class groups coming into the Wodehouse Library about the shortlists for the Trinity Schools Book Award 2016 on the theme of Voyages and Journeys:
That’s plenty of reading ahead of next March’s award ceremony although both lists contain some old favourites so we’re looking forward to reminding ourselves of what we most enjoyed about some of these books.
Last year’s winners were Michael Morpurgo for Private Peaceful and Markus Zusak for The Book Thief and alongside the winning authors students were awarded prizes for their creative responses to the books they had read and reviewed. You can read more about the 2015 ceremony here and see photos of the event here.
All the 2016 shortlisted titles are now available in the Wodehouse Library (except for The Road to Little Dibbling by Bill Bryson which will be published later this year).